I have a manager who has created a WhatsApp group for his team. I personally do not like to use my own phone for work related things. (I have Slack and Teams installed so you can reach me through any of these apps, I just do not want to give my phone number). How can I force my manager to use corporate approved communication tools instead of WhatsApp? It's worth mentioning that we all have NDAs signed and sharing images or work related information (I'm a developer who works closely with finance, sales and FP&A teams, so the information is very sensitive) on personal devices could be considered an NDA violation. I already spoke with him and sent him an email with this last concern in the hope he would change to any of the company-approved tools for communications with no success.

How can I convince my manager to use corporate approved communication tools instead of WhatsApp?

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    Do you have slack and teams installed on your phone? Wouldn't that also violate the NDA?
    – sf02
    Sep 1 '20 at 17:47
  • Does your company not have positions for this? Data Security is often - outside small companies and in many jurisdictions - a mandatory position. And they will not be happy about this manager and the legal implications. Is there a worker's council?
    – TomTom
    Sep 1 '20 at 18:52
  • I would just tell him you are not installing Whats App on your personal device. If the company wants to get you a phone you are okay with that and leave it for him to mull over.
    – NDEthos
    Sep 4 '20 at 18:39

I'll post my own answer. I got tired of waiting and send a reply to my own email copying my manager's manager. He quickly replied demanding the use of MS Teams in order no to breach our NDA

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    I hope that making an enemy of your manager was worth this victory ...
    – brhans
    Sep 2 '20 at 2:25
  • @brhans It seems that the order of your statement is the wrong way around: "this victory was worth making ..." - unless you meant it in a humorous or meta-sarcastic manner. Sep 2 '20 at 12:49
  • @brhans honestly, I do not be on this company much longer. Already on job hunting. There are other issues with this manager beyond the scope of this question that I do not like it (dishonesty among other things)
    – Orejano
    Sep 2 '20 at 14:26
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    This was a correct decision. Manager pen himself and all of you to an NDA breach. Jobs are come and go, but reputation and record are constant
    – Strader
    Sep 4 '20 at 14:15

When I've been in a situation where someone attempts to use unauthorized communication methods, I just ignore 100% of that communication. I've never had to do that to a boss and as others point out, that's sort of risky for your job security. But it would be unethical for you to blatantly violate your NDA and you would be legally liable for damages if something bad happens due to you using unauthorized channels.

I did work at a startup company that was obsessed with using WhatsApp and Skype and ignored my suggestion to use Slack until a CTO was hired who said the same thing and then they switched within maybe 2-3 months.

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